Since the summer of 2016 Tennessee SC is the second club in the USA to enter into an educational partnership with Feyenoord. The goal of the partnership is to push both player and coaching development at the Nashville based youth club. Feyenoord representatives will visit the US this fall for introductory kick off meetings and an extensive coaching seminar with TSC coaches. Moreover during the visit, Feyenoord Academy staff will be conducting training sessions for selected TSC players as well as the players who require technical skills to reach a higher competitive level.
Tennessee Soccer Club is one of the most successful youth clubs in the state of Tennessee and the region. As a premier soccer club, TSC teams have been the State club champions 125 times, southeast regional champions five times with five additional appearances in regional finals and two national finalists. With over 1500 players in the club this partnership will advance the training and development of players and coaches to achieve both team and personal success. TSC players and teams will have the opportunity to visit Feyenoord and experience a different level of soccer that is not readily available in US venues.
Through the partnership with Feyenoord TSC will be able to tap into Feyenoord's knowledge and experience in the field of player development. TSC Executive Director Stuart Brown had this to say about this master educational agreement: 'TSC is the standard in regard to player development and coaching education in the state of Tennessee, however this agreement allows us to partner with one of the top academies in the world. This partnership will allow us to further develop our players and coaches as we strive to place players on college, professional, and national teams.'
For Feyenoord the partnership provides an avenue to further expand its foothold in the United States as a part of its overall global educational initiative. After hosting a TSC delegation in Rotterdam, Gido Vader, manager of international relations at Feyenoord had following to say: 'TSC staff had a clear message when they visited us in Rotterdam: they want to offer their players and coaches the best possible learning environment. We are certain the Feyenoord Academy can play a big part in that. It is a component of our philosophy to create these educational partnerships with solid youth clubs in the United States. TSC fits that bill.'